Diane Ravitch, a research professor of education at New York University who served as assistant secretary of education under President George H.W. Bush, has won the 2014 Grawemeyer Award in Education, the University of Louisville announced on Wednesday.
The prominent education historian and analyst was honored for her 2010 book, The Death and Life of the Great American School System. Ms. Ravitch was once known as a supporter of education reform through standardized testing, teacher accountabilit…
The U.S. Air Force Academy and the Air Force’s Office of Special Investigations are defending the practice of recruiting cadets to inform on possible misconduct by their peers. The office said in a statement to The Gazette, a Colorado Springs newspaper, that the program was “an important and time-proven investigative tool.”
The newspaper reported previously that the office had used Air Force cadets to gather information on their peers in incidents involving drug use, sexual assault, and other infractions. The cadet informants had done so by taking photographs and wearing secret recording devices.
The American Bar Association announced on Wednesday that its accreditation committee had censured Rutgers University at Camden’s School of Law for violating a standard pertaining to the use of admissions tests.
In a news release, the association said the committee had found that the law school, without first obtaining a variance from the association, had operated an admissions program that permitted some applicants to use a standardized graduate-admissions test to gain admission without taking the Law School Admission Test. The association said the law school subsequently qualified for such a variance but suspended the admissions program in question.
The committee fined the law school $25,000 and required the school to post the censure on its website for a year.
The American Association of University Professors on Tuesday released a draft report that seeks to affirm the principles of academic freedom in an evolving digital landscape, asserting that such freedoms apply equally to communication in electronic and traditional formats.
The report builds on the conclusions of a 2004 association report on the same topic, reaffirming that document’s overarching principle that academic freedoms should not be limited any more in electronic communications than t…
University spending on research and development in all fields totaled $65.8-billion in the 2012 fiscal year, according to survey results published last week by the National Science Foundation. The figure reflects a 1-percent decline from the previous year, after adjusting for inflation.
That drop represents the first constant-dollar decline since the 1974 fiscal year, the report says, and ends a trend of modest growth seen from 2009 through 2011, when research and development expenditures increa…
The dean of undergraduate education, Jay M. Harris, gave some brief information about grades during a meeting on Tuesday of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. His comments came in response to a question from Harvey C. Mansfield, a professor of government and a longtime critic of lenient grading policies.
A University of Southern California neuroscientist who proposed that emotions play a central role in how people make decisions has won the 2014 Grawemeyer Award for Psychology, the University of Louisville announced on Tuesday.
Antonio R. Damasio was honored for his “somatic-marker hypothesis,” which has influenced psychology, neuroscience, and other fields. He will receive a $100,000 prize for his work.
Mr. Damasio’s honor is one of five annual Grawemeyer Awards, and he is the second USC sch…
Morgan State University’s chapter of the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity has been put on probation until 2015 after an investigation into a student’s complaint that the fraternity rejected him because he is gay, The Baltimore Sun reported.
The student, Brian Stewart, filed a complaint with the Maryland university in October, citing derogatory social-media messages that he said had been sent between fraternity members.
A university spokesman told the newspaper that a disciplinary panel investigating the complaint had concluded that the chapter violated policies on discrimination. Three students in the fraternity also faced a judicial review, but the spokesman declined to comment on whether those individuals had received additional punishment.
A dormitory’s bulletin-board display entitled “Can Santa Claus Be a Black Man?” drew controversy this past weekend at Indiana University at Bloomington, according to WTHR.com, the website of the NBC affiliate in Indianapolis.
The display, posted for the university’s Community Education Program, features a black Santa Claus wearing sunglasses and playing a saxophone. It asks if a black Santa would visit only the ghetto, and whether or not people would let a black Santa down their chimney.
The governing board of Santa Fe Community College voted on Monday to fire the college’s president, Ana M. (Cha) Guzmán, The Santa Fe New Mexican reported.
The vote was 3-to-2 to fire Ms. Guzmán, for what the board said was just cause. The same three board members who voted last month to place her on leave also voted for her termination.
Ms. Guzmán’s supporters credit her with carrying out programs to improve student recruitment and retention while cutting costs. Her critics say she did not co…